This past Wednesday, when asked by a group of reporters if already had a message to sent to Russian President Vladimir Putin the wake of the latest cyberattack that targetted an American firm that had reportedly been carried out by a Russian hacking group, Uncle Joe just smiled before going on to say, “I will deliver it to him.”
Recently, Uncle Joe has already talked about the series of cyber-attacks emanating from Russia when he came into contact with Putin just over three weeks ago. The method he used then, he stated, was to put forth a list of 16 different entities that should be off-limits for any such attack, which effectively delineated the area in which enemies of the United States might regard as a Wish-list.
Uncle Joe went on to state:
Another area we spent a great deal of time on was cyber and cybersecurity. I talked about the proposition that certain critical infrastructure should be off limits to attack — period — by cyber or any other means. I gave them a list, if I’m not mistaken — I don’t have it in front of me — 16 specific entities; 16 defined as critical infrastructure under U.S. policy, from the energy sector to our water systems.
Stephen Miller, a political commentator, issued a statement of mocking criticism at Uncle Joe: “Whatever you do please do not attack these 16 critical pieces of US infrastructure,” chided Miller, ” Please.”
As reported by The New York Times this past Tuesday:
Russian hackers are accused of breaching a contractor for the Republican National Committee last week, around the same time that Russian cybercriminals launched the single largest global ransomware attack on record, incidents that are testing the red lines set by President Biden during his high-stakes summit with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia last month.
Early indications were that the culprit was Russia’s S.V.R. intelligence agency, according to investigators in the case. … On Sunday, a Russian-based cybercriminal organization known as REvil claimed responsibility for a cyberattack over the long holiday weekend that has spread to 800 to 1,500 businesses around the world.
In these statements, the Times was making reference to an attack that took place on Kesaya, which is based in Miami, Florida, and provides services to over 40,000 organizations.
Back on Tuesday, Jen Psaki, the white house press secretary, stated, “Since the meeting between President Biden and President Putin, we have undertaken expert-level talks that are continuing, and we expect to have another meeting next week, focused on ransomware attacks. And I will just reiterate a message that these officials are sending, as the President made clear to President Putin when they met, if the Russian government cannot or will not take action against criminal actors residing in Russia, we will take action or “reserve the right to take action on our own.”
“Now, in this case, the intelligence community has yet attributed the attack,” Psaki continued on. “The cybersecurity community agrees that REvil operates out of Russia with affiliates around the world. So we will continue to allow that assessment to continue, but in our conversations and we have been in touch directly, we are continuing to convey that message clearly.”
“In terms of what actions we may or may not take, I’ll allow the national security team to work with that through,” Psaki concluded.